Journey to Israel: January 2016

Amanda Elfman is a UVA student who is spending the Spring 2016 semester at Ben-Gurion University, Israel. Check out her photos from her first month abroad! 

 

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View from El Al airplane window landing in Tel Aviv.

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Jan2016_3Monument to the Negev Brigade, overlooking Be’er Sheva from the east.

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Tel Be’er Sheva (Abraham’s Well): archaeological site thought to be the remains of the biblical town of Beersheba.  
Jan2016_7Guard dog, Tel Be’er Sheva.

 

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Jan2016_9View of the Negev desert in Sde Boker.

 

Jan2016_10Mediterranean Sea, Jaffa.

 

Jan2016_11View of Tel Aviv from Jaffa.

Jan2016_12Suspended orange tree in Jaffa. Artist statement: “Is ‘Deracinement’ the big sickness of our times? Can uprooted existence, established so definitely through international economics,communication & technology produce anew, lighter genuine aesthetic? My‘growing sculptures’ do not try to answer these questions. They rather show a ‘rooted  uprooted’ state while going on living, much as we do, growing into an unclear future.”

Jan2016_13Alleyway in Jaffa’s old city.

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Tel Aviv Museum of Art.

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Walking through the streets of Tel Aviv on a rainy, ‘winter’ day.

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Nahum Gutman Fountain mosaic depicting the establishment of Tel Aviv and the state
of Israel.
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Mediterranean Sea, Tel Aviv.

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Old City, Be’er Sheva.

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The British imported cats into Israel in the 1930’s to combat a rat epidemic;now it is estimated that there are 2 million stray cats. They are everywhere.  
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Ben Gurion University Gate of Peace.